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A Hunter's Wanderings In Africa: Being A Narrative of Nine Years Spent Amongst the Game of the Far Interior of South Africa [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Courteney Selous
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Extended title: "A Hunter's Wanderings In Africa; Being a Narrative of Nine Years Spent Amongst the Game of the Far Interior of South Africa Containing Accounts of Explorations Beyond The Zambesi, on the River Chobe, and In the Matabele and Mashuna Countries, with Full Notes Upon the Natural History and Present Distribution of all the Large Mammalia."

Teddy Roosevelt called the author, Frederick Courteney Selous, “the greatest big-game hunter in the world.” This book is one of the most highly regarded, hunting classics - a must-have for any serious hunter or adventurer.

"A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa" covers the nine years of Safari from 1871 until 1880. Selous' adventures were the acknowledged model for Henry Rider Haggard's books about the fictional character, Allan Quatermain. It is also claimed that Selous' stories eventually influenced the creation of Indiana Jones.

Accurate accounts of hunting, travels, and tribulations! They're all in this book. There are also original art illustrations of game and situations of the Safaris.

A brief excerpt from a listing of the first five of 24 Chapters follows:

Chapter I.
- Land at Algoa Bay
- Diamond Fields
- Trading Trip through Griqualand
- The Chief Manchuran
- Batlapin Village
- Bushman's Lair
- Klas Lucas, the Koranna Chief
- Bechuanas at Lange

Chapter II.
- Seventy-eight Elephants shot
- Chief, Montsua
- Secheli
- Bamangwato First Giraffe-hunt
- Lost in the Veldt
- Tati Gold Fields
- Mashuna Diggings

Chapter III.
- Massacre of a Tribe Lobengula, King of the Matabele
- Umziligazi
- Slaughter of the "Headmen"
- Battle of Zwang Indaba
- Terrible Adventure with a Lion
- Mashunas

Chapter IV.
- Eland shot
- Abundance of Game
- Rain
- Hardship
- "Bill" and the Crocodile

Chapter V.
-"Inxwāla" Dance
- Matabele War Dress
- Black Rhinoceros
- Bull Elephants
- Linquāsi Valley
- Hunting in the "Fly
- Varieties of Fauna
- Sable Antelope
- A "Skerm"
- A Grand Elephant-hunt
- Narrow Escape of a Kafir
continues with... Chapter VI - Chapter XXIX

Two Special Chapters are also included in this edition covering F.C. Selous' talks on South African Rhinoceroses and South Central African Antelopes that he presented to the Zoological Society.

— A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa — A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa — A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa —

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2469 KB
  • Print Length: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Heart and Mind Publishing (13 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050VR048
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa 27 Oct. 2011
By Jem
This book is a narrative of his experiences. As a hunter he had character - everything he shot he carried back himself. In addition to being an extremely good shot, he was a keen observer. From his narratives one can only assume that Selous was a highly skilled hunter with a fine knowledge not only of guns but also animal behaviour and the environment he was working in. He was inquisitive and would engage in lengthy interviews with the locals and in such a manner expand his already extensive general knowledge. These stories are written in a relaxing style and make interesting reading, even though the reader might not necessarily be interested in hunting. For those who are familiar with the interior of South Africa , his accounts of his various journeys come alive. This book may not be your regular choice, but it is a good read nevertheless.

Frederick Courteney Selous, born in London in 1851, was probably the greatest of all the African hunters and explorers of the 19th century.

When still a child, he was greatly influenced by the renowned African hunter and writer, William Charles Baldwin, and by the missionary/explorer David Livingstone. At the age of ten he explained his sleeping on the bare floor instead of in a bed by saying he was hardening himself to become a hunter in Africa. This ambition was not to be thwarted and in September 1871 Selous landed at Port Elizabeth. In a few short years he established himself in south-eastern and central Africa as a hunter and naturalist of world renown. While the large numbers of game of game shot by him during his hunting career would now, in this age of conservation be decidedly an anachronism, the 19th century was a different place, a different time and with different attitudes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big game hunting in late 1800's 13 July 2011
By Nan
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Wonderful description by the hunter himself of what it was like hunting in the late 1800's in Southern Africa . To anyone who has lived in big game country in Africa in the 50's (as I did) or so it is so interesting. His prowess at shooting elephant made him famous of course and the number he killed unbelievable ( but true). However if one has never been to Africa, let alone lived in the bush, it will come as a shock to read what life was like on safari in those days (as opposed to the luxury travel now) and the number of elephants and buffalo and other game killed for their ivory,skins etc.and to get rich is appalling info.The perpetual slaughter makes gruesome reading. However, as an autobiography of a young man of 24 years straight from Europe in 1864 with no experience , it's absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Safari Reading 23 Jan. 2013
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The story of one of Africa's greatest hunter's first few trips to the Dark Continent. Firstly, a warning with this book: at around 500 pages it is no weekend read, however, those that feel they have the time to devote to the book will be justly rewarded.

Very few other people had ventured into the interior when Selous first arrived in Africa. This book details Selous' safaris elephant hunting for ivory, mainly in what he refers to as the "fly" country. The conditions and physical hardships that were endured are unthinkable now, and the distances traveled are astonishing.

Also as extraordinary is the level and amount of game both available and shot. Many animals (especially elephants) are killed - one would find it difficult to imagine that his great man turned out to be such conservationist. Nevertheless, we cannot respectively judge past time with our current views, and this surely had an influence on his later life.

From the deserts of what is now Namibia to Victoria Falls, Selous comes gets into all sorts of scrapes in his quest for ivory, battling hunger and fever and hostile tribes. It is also interesting top hear his progressive views on slavery, especially compared to other settlers such as the Portuguese. This book is however just an account of his travels, and would not satisfy those looking for a greatest understanding of his later life and subsequent work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This great hunter's adventures in a far gone Africa are fascinating, but his style of writing is flat and sometimes nears the borders of boring. In spite of this, it's a book which should be in the library of every africana lover.
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